Breastfeeding with Large Nipples

Latching Issues Jan 20, 2021

Have you ever wondered whether big nipples and breastfeeding can ever go hand-in-hand?

If you have very big nipples, and breastfeeding is something you are surely going to do, it might be better for you to be well-prepared.

Babies are born with the natural instinct to feed. However, for women with very large nipples, it might be a bit difficult getting the baby to latch on and feed. Instead of a pleasant experience, what you might just end up with are sore nipples from breastfeeding.

Most of the time a mother's nipples will not be big enough to cause any problems while breastfeeding...

So, what are the most common questions about large nipples new mothers have? Let’s look at some of them:

• What are the ways for women with large nipples to breastfeed?

• How to deal with sore nipples from breastfeeding?

• What to do if the infant refuses to drink from your large breasts and nipples?

Big Nipples and Breastfeeding Guidelines

So, what is the right way to do it, even if you think that your extremely large nipples will make it all the tougher? Your baby has nature’s gift of knowing how to feed unless your baby has sucking problems, which could make things a little more complicated.

• Hold your breast with a U hold (thumb or forefinger on top of the breast and other fingers under your breast, as in the picture) Try not to touch the areola (dark part around your nipple) This works exceptionally well for women with heavy breasts and large puffy nipples.

Holding baby’s hand
Photo by Aditya Romansa / Unsplash

• Lying down while breastfeeding, can also sometimes help. Many mothers with large nipples say that they breastfeed the best while using a football hold position or lying down position.

• If you have large nipples, and sore nipples are an additional woe, express some milk the moment your baby has finished feeding. Gently spread this milk all over the areola and nipple. You will find that after breastfeeding, cracked nipples get immediate relief from this.

• Sore nipples that are due to breastfeeding can be remedied the best with pure lanolin cream.

• For women with very large nipples or large, long nipples, it often helps to squish the nipple down, which will make it easy for the baby to latch on.

• If all else fails, some mothers have found that using a nipple shield, can help a baby latch on easier.

• For those mothers who feel like they want to stop breastfeeding, you can continue to give your baby breast milk by pumping exclusively.

• More information about breastfeeding with large breasts.

Most importantly, for women with big nipples and breastfeeding issues, patience and knowledge are always the best answer. Get your facts in place, seek advice from experienced women and you might just be headed for a wonderful breastfeeding experience!


Tracy Behr

A homeschooling mother of two, breastfeeding helper, and lover of all things natural! Currently studying plant-based nutrition.

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